GRI supports decision makers who are committed to achieving the SDGs. Our work in this area is focused on the sustainability reporting process, the value of the information that comes from it and getting this data into the right hands. By helping companies report their contributions to the SDGs, we facilitate the creation of data, which governments can use to track progress and inform better decision making.
Aligning levels of measurement
The UN Statistical Division has developed indicators to measure the progress on the SDGs, and is currently exploring how to capture private sector contributions. Through engagement with the Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDGs, GRI wants to make sure that private sector contributions to the SDGs are duly taken into account and smartly measured.
CBS (the statistical bureau in the Netherlands) and ISTAT (the Italian statistical office) have used GRI indicators in the past for sustainable development indicators. Furthermore, a taskforce was jointly set up by the OECD, Eurostat, UNECE and a selection of national statistical commissions to prepare a framework for measuring sustainable development and associated sets of indicators. The project additionally explored the vertical convergence between different levels of indicators: company, national, and international.
GRI also co-founded the Measure What Matters project – a global initiative that aims to bring greater alignment between corporate, national and global sustainability data frameworks.